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Someone Was Taking His Pills, So He Pulled a Switcheroo

Someone Was Stealing His Pills, So He Pulled a Switcheroo
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2019 5:22 PM CST
Jayme Ream says he switched his pain pills with Ex-Lax.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Roommates can sometimes have trouble with food stolen from the fridge. For Jayme Ream of Pinellas Park, Fla., the issue was pills. He takes them for pain tied to a 2011 incident in which fellow football coaches went after him following a game. When he realized the pills were disappearing, he set up a surveillance camera—and added a twist. He replaced what the Miami Herald reports was the opioid hydrocodone acetaminophen with the laxative Ex-Lax.

He says the video confirmed what he suspected: That roommate Peter Emery Jr., 56, had gotten the code to his lockbox and was taking the pills. An arrest warrant says Emery is seen on film taking two pills last Thursday. Police say Emery told them he threw the pills out once he realized they were "something else." He has been charged with petit theft and a probation violation tied to previous possession charges. WFLA reports police have no problem with Ream's switcheroo. "[The laxatives weren't] a dangerous substance that was going to harm that person." (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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